Death penalty repeal is on the horizon for Washington state! Since 2014, Washington has been in a Governor imposed moratorium, and there have been calls from the Governor and Attorney General to pass repeal legislation. This month two bills were filed in the House and Senate calling for an end to Washington’s death penalty. The legislative session in Washington this year is only 60 days, so things are moving quickly and we need to act now! If you live in Washington, CMN has three things you can do to help end your state’s death penalty!
As Catholics, we are called to live with justice and mercy and uphold the value of all life. Our Catechism states that in a modern society where the death penalty is not needed to maintain public safety, punishment must “correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and [be] more in conformity to the dignity of the human person,” (2267). The death penalty violates both the Church’s pro-life teaching and the teaching on the inherent dignity of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God. Not only does the death penalty target innocent life, but also those with mental illness, intellectual disability and people of color. It also redirects funds that could be used to help victims families harmed by violence heal.